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Journalist remembers devastating Black Tuesday fires in Tasmania 52 years ago

It’s not only the anniversary of Black Saturday that is being remembered today.

It’s 52 years since the devastating Black Tuesday Fires in Tasmania.

On February 7th, 1967, dozens of fires across the state developed into a firestorm.

Within a few hours, 64 people had died, 900 people were injured, and tens of thousands of hectares were burnt.

Journalist Tess Lawrence was a schoolgirl living in Hobart at the time of the fires in 1967, and still remembers Black Tuesday vividly.

She speaks to ABC’s Sam Wilkinson.


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  1. Chris.

    February 9, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Recall OUR ABC camera being placed on the PMG building and it being connected to the mainland by “links” and it being panned slowly over the whole horizon where there was fire wherever it focused.
    Thus started the 7pm news Australia wide.
    Recall the transmitter men on the mountain who described the flames reaching above the organ pipes and the reports from NZ regarding ash falling also seeing ash lying on White Beach at Nubeena.
    Recall extinguishing my back fence at Lenah Valley.
    Recall my mother treating eyes at City Hall of residents who were smoke affected.
    Specially recall the damage to Fern Tree and like many places still is rebuilt by people who have no memory off the devastation and makes me wonder why building regulations are ignored!

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